PLEA FOR RAIN

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

With the state reel­ing un­der drought, the Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment is spend­ing Rs 17 crore to ap­pease the rain gods. The new Muzrai ( tem­ples and en­dow­ments) Min­is­ter Kota Srinivasa Poo­jary has is­sued a cir­cu­lar ask­ing 34,226 tem­ples to spend up to Rs 5,000 each, do­ing spe­cial pu­jas, a Varuna Homa and Jal­ab­hisheka on July 27 and Au­gust 2, in the hope of get­ting rain. In sev­eral parts of the state, lo­cal su­per­sti­tions have pushed peo­ple to per­form wed­dings of frogs, that is said to cause rain. The state had tried the puja method ear­lier, dur­ing droughts in 2001 and 2004, but to no avail. Time they tried some good, old- fash­ioned drought- proof­ing.

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